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Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of American artist

Samantha Bittman. The exhibition will feature twelve new wall based works and one sitespecific

mural.


Bittman’s practice developed from her fascination of weaving and the instinctive

relationship between pictorial image and woven structure. Bound by the physical

parameters of her 12-harness floor loom, she weaves, by hand, a graphically driven pattern,

which is then stretched over a traditional wooden frame before having acrylic paint

embedded onto each thread. Using the woven guidelines, she takes the graphical

complexity one step further by carefully matching the colour of the paint to each individual

strand. Inverting the pattern of the textile, she merges thread and paint to create an optical

illusion of shape, line and pattern.

The act of painting and stretching within the traditional frame engages with the discourse of

the history of painting. She creates a fixed picture by cutting the potentially endless

repetition of her material, while stopping the gestural motion of working the loom and

cropping the digital illusion to conceive a body of work that exists in between the realms of

weaving and painting.

Moving further into geometrical design, Point Twill (Figure 130) is a graphical homage to

one of her favourite weave patterns from the instructional book Point Twill with Colour-and-

Weave, that she transforms into a contemporary context. Woven fabric is normally seen as a

small-scale, hand-made production; this optical geometric mural hopes to celebrate the

possibilities of weaving and shift its materiality from cloth to pure graphics

Bittman conscientiously and proudly creates this meticulous and considered work taking

reference from Annie Albers and Sheila Hicks as well as: Bridget Riley, Frank Stella and

Agnes Martin. Aiming to stimulate the viewers’ visual perception and pattern recognition

facilities as well as a self-awareness of our own consciousness, she asks us the question

“How much do we really assimilate everyday?” Her intention is to slow the mind down,

whilst creating a consuming experience. She wants to reveal visual phenomena without

trickery, using basic shapes, symmetrical layouts, and pared-down colour palettes.

Samantha Bittman (b.1982, Chicago, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Bittman’s education includes: Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA (2011);

M.F.A, Painting and Drawing, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA (2010);

and B.F.A., Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA (2004).

Recent exhibitions include: Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, USA (2017); Andrew Rafacz

Gallery, Chicago, USA (2016); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA (2015); Longhouse

Projects, New York, USA (2014); and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, USA (2011).

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